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Updated December 18th, 2021
Hello! If you’re looking for a list of the best Michael Jordan rookie basketball cards, then you’ve come to the right place.
Michael Jordan is a legendary figure in the world of basketball, and his rookie cards are some of the most coveted items in the world of sports memorabilia.
Michael Jordan is a household name and, after all, arguably the greatest basketball player of all time so it's no surprise that his rookie cards are some of the most valuable in the world.
A mint condition PSA or BGS Michael Jordan rookie card can fetch hundreds of thousands of dollars at auction and a few have even crossed the million dollar threshold.
Of course, not everyone can afford to shell out that kind of money for a piece of cardboard, but for die-hard fans, owning a Michael Jordan rookie card is the ultimate status symbol.
The experts here at Sports Card Sharks have compiled a list of what we feel are the cream of the crop when it comes to Michael Jordan rookie cards. We certainly hope you enjoy!
The rookie cards we select for our lists are judged based on 3 criteria:
- Design / Aesthetics
At Sports Card Sharks, we tend to go against the grain. We typically aren’t buying what everyone else is buying when everyone else is buying it, so if you’re moving with the masses this may not be the right list for you. Adios!
Our Founder is an 80's baby that grew up in the 90's collecting sports cards during the junk wax era.
While card collecting when on hiatus for a couple of decades, that passion was re-sparked in 2020 and we haven't looked back since.
We spend countless hours researching each player and constructing these posts to help you save time and energy so that you can focus on the fun part which is collecting!
Why We Love Michael Jordan
- No explanation needed but...
- 6x NBA Champion
- 6x NBA Finals MVP
- 5x NBA Most Valuable Player
- 14x NBA All-Star
Our List of the Top Michael Jordan Rookie Cards
1. 1986 Michael Jordan Fleer Rookie Card #57
The Holy Grail of all sports cards. You are a true connoisseur of the game if you get your hands on this beauty. Jordan's Fleer rookie card is the creme de la creme of Jordan rookies.
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2. 1986 Michael Jordan Fleer Sticker Rookie Card #8
Sticker cards don't get enough respect and that's what this 1986 Fleer Sticker rookie card makes the list at #2. Such a cool vintage look and feel. This MJ rookie is a true classic.
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3. 1985 Michael Jordan Nike Promo Pre-Rookie Card
Like Mike... If I could be like Mike. I was 2 years old when this card was released. Some purists consider this to be Michael's true rookie card given that it was technically the first ever. I will own this one day.
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4. 1984-85 Michael Jordan Star XRC Rookie Card #101
While this may not be the greatest action shot of His Airness, we do love the jersey match of the red border with the red of the Chicago Bulls uniforms.
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5. 1985 Michael Jordan Interlake Rookie Card
On this Jordan rookie card, you get MJ's beloved tongue hanging out of is head LOL. It's crazy to think about just how young he looked here.
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6. 1985 Michael Jordan Prism-Jewel Rookie Card
Another fantastic sticker card makes our list. We just can't help but be obsessed with the retro artwork that was used for this Jordan rookie.
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7. 1985-86 Michael Jordan Merchante Campeonato Baloncesto Liga Rookie Card #173
This one is by far the smallest of the Air Jordan rookie cards and isn't an easy one to hunt down.
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Michael Jordan Rookie Card Checklist
- 1986 Michael Jordan Fleer #57
- 1986 Michael Jordan Fleer Sticker #8
- 1985 Michael Jordan Nike Promo
- 1984-85 Michael Jordan Star XRC #101
- 1985 Michael Jordan Interlake
- 1985 Michael Jordan Prism-Jewel
- 1985-86 Michael Jordan Merchante Campeonato Baloncesto Liga #173
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About the Author:
Trevor Weitzel is the founder of Sports Card Sharks. His pro sports teams are the Timberwolves, Vikings and Twins (which is rough). If we’re talking college then we’re only talking the University of Arizona Wildcats – BEAR DOWN! He is also an avid reseller, crypto enthusiast, and digital marketer.